Legal Tender

The term legal tender can be applied to any old currency that was issued as a United States note. Legal tenders were not bank issued and not backed by gold or silver. The US initially experimented with legal tenders during the Civil War. Be sure to visit our small size legal tender and type notes pages for more information.

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Fr No.DenomTypeDateGradePrice
16$1Legal Tender1862PCGS 63PPQ$2875
FR 16 $1

A bright and broadly margined example of our country’s first Legal Tender, series 227.  Vivid inks on the front and […]

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16c$1Legal Tender1862PMG 58 $2175
FR 16c $1

A deeply inked 1862 legal, series 235-284, with cherry red seal and serial numbers.   A lovely example with  margins all […]

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16c$1Legal Tender1862PMG 58 $2175
FR 16c $1

A bright and boldly inked early issue Legal.  This note boasts margins all around, as well as deep red seal […]

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18$1Legal Tender1869PMG 55EPQ$2875
FR 18 $1

A boldly inked Rainbow note with margins all around and Exceptional Paper Quality noted by PMG.  A pleasing example of […]

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28$1Legal Tender1880PMG 63EPQ$1075
FR 28 $1

A vividly inked and bright large brown seal with red serial numbers and margins all around. Left bottom margin is […]

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28$1Legal Tender1880XF $795
FR 28 $1

A well-centered and bright legal with vividly red serial numbers and lovely large brown seal.  Jumbo margins all around, with […]

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30$1Legal Tender1880VF$325
FR 30 $1

A problem free 1880 Legal with large brown seal.  Evenly circulated with pleasing margins all around.

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36$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $465
FR 36 $1

A very bright and boldly inked example with margins all around.  Teehee/Burke signatures.

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36$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$165
FR 36 $1

A pleasing and evenly circulated note with bold red seal and serial numbers, as well as pleasing margins all around.

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36$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 36 $1

Pleasing and nicely centered note.

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37$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$165
FR 37 $1

Evenly circulated and problem free.  Very bright with bold red overprints.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH VF$145
FR 39 $1

This legal is quite bright for the grade, with deep red overprints and balanced margins all around.

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH CU $375
FR 39 $1

A bright and nicely centered Legal with cherry red seal and serial numbers.  Speelman/White signatures.

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39$1Legal Tender1917XF$185
FR 39 $1

A well centered XF note with three folds.  Decent colors with bold red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917PMG 64 $325
FR 39 $1

One of two consecutively numbered Legals offered here.  A bright and vividly inked Choice CU with margins all around.  s/nT21287379A.

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39$1Legal Tender1917PMG 63$235
FR 39 $1

The second of two consecutively numbered Legals offered here.  This Choice CU example has balanced margins all around and bold […]

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39$1Legal Tender1917CH AU$245
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU note with vivid red seal and serial numbers.

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39$1Legal Tender1917AU$265
FR 39 $1

A very bright AU with margins all around, although top is cut tight,  Bold colors and nice embossing are clearly […]

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39$1Legal Tender1917VF$145
FR 39 $1

An evenly circulated note with three broad margins, bottom is tight but not into the design.

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

A bright example of this popular note.  Vivid reds on seals and serial numbers, pleasing margins and bright overall paper […]

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40$1Legal Tender1923CH VF$300
FR 40 $1

An evenly circulated and problem free example of this popular type with margins all around and deep red seal and […]

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41$2Legal Tender1862VF$1350
FR 41 $2

A pleasing, evenly circulated, early issue Legal Deuce with margins all around  Bold red seal and serial numbers on this […]

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41$2Legal Tender1862VF$1685
FR 41 $2

A bright and vividly inked Legal with pleasing margins.  Two small pinholes mentioned for the sake of accuracy.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1750
FR 42 $2

A vividly inked and evenly circulated Rainbow deuce with deep blue end paper and bold red serial numbers.

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42$2Legal Tender1869VF$1650
FR 42 $2

This Rainbow Deuce displays  rather broad margins all around, as well as pleasing colors and overprints.  Problem free.

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50$2Legal Tender1880PMG 25 $675
FR 50 $2

An evenly circulated Jefferson note with margins all around, bold red serial numbers and large brown seal.  There are only […]

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52$2Legal Tender1880VF$685
FR 52 $2

A nicely centered and evenly circulated legal with large brown seal and red serial numbers, as well as margins all […]

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57$2Legal Tender1917CH CU $450
FR 57 $2

A  Choice CU deuce from 1917 with balanced margins all around.  Deep red serial numbers and seal, as well as […]

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58$2Legal Tender1917CH VF$185
FR 58 $2

This evenly circulated deuce has balanced margins and vivid red seal and serial numbers on bright paper.  Problem free example.

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60$2Legal Tender1917VF$185
FR 60 $2

A problem free VF note with margins all around, although the bottom margin is tight, it is not cut into […]

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